Here is Part Two of “Four ways to reinvent your health and THRIVE!” Kim, a virtual health and wellness coach shared with us how if we can turn our attention to Sleep, Food, Mood and Exercise, we can successfully improve our overall wellbeing. Today we focus on how challenging it can be to decide what we should be eating.
Did you know that most people would rather figure out their own taxes rather than figure out how to eat healthy?
I don’t blame them. It can be a confusing world out there. One person says, “Eat this”, while someone else says, “Eat that”. Another source is telling you “Don’t even think about putting this into your body”, while an alternative source is telling you, “You must eat this on a daily basis if you want to live another five years!”
Then you hear cooking techniques, “Eat only raw food. That’s the way we were meant to eat.” While someone else says, “Don’t eat only raw food. There’s too much bacteria. You’ll get sick!” And you can’t forget all the drinking suggestions, tap water vs. bottled water vs. coconut water, etc.
What are we supposed to believe? How are we supposed to make the best choices for us when we are receiving mixed messages? And then, how are we supposed to feel confident about our food choices, once they’re made?
What we choose to put in our bodies is so important because it’s something that we do more than once a day, unlike working out. In other words, in one day you either intentionally exercise or you don’t. It’s one choice you make. On the other hand, how many meals do you eat in a day? Hopefully more than one! You may be eating 3-6 times a day. That means that you have 3-6 times to make healthy or unhealthy choices. That’s why the food choices that we make every meal are so important to our overall health.
So, what’s the answer? What should you eat and drink? Red meat or no read meat? Tap water or coconut water? Raw or cooked?
My first suggestion is, don’t be a squirrel chaser. In other words, don’t make big changes to your diet because something new comes out. There are constantly new ideas being advertised to us. With social media, any new idea can go viral and make us believe that we need to drastically change something. Well, simply put, don’t.
Here’s why: the key is to have variety, meaning vary your consumption of meats, vegetables, fruits, water, and even style of cooking, or not cooking. When your diet has variety, then you will consume nutrients from many different sources. If we cut out certain foods, how will we get the nutrients contained in those foods? What’s more, variety is fun, it tastes good to eat different foods, and it’s also good for our health.
Food variety is just one of the areas covered in my “ReINVENT Your Health” 6-week online coaching program coming up this month (don’t miss the Early bird price!), but there are many more, from how certain foods affect your brain function and mood, to processed and perishable foods, to emotional eating. You’ll have fun watching videos, reading stories about women like you, and trying out a number of activities so that you can be in the best health you can be. I’ve created this with you in mind and the many adventures you have yet to take as an empty nester.
The summer is over. People are back to work. Kids are back to school. It’s the optimal time to refocus on you and your health as we enter the last stretch of the year. So, do your health a favor and take a moment to read more about how my home study course can enhance your health and in turn, enhance your life’s adventures. Click here to learn more!
Thanks Kim! I am definitely ready to refocus on my health. Want to join me?
7 thoughts on ““Eat This, Don’t Eat That”: What Are We Supposed To Believe?”
Yes, the squirrel-chaser syndrome is something I see people doing all the time. Your advice is sound, Kim, and promotes health and well-being.
Thank you, Carol. It’s something we all must be aware of on a constant basis!
Back when I was regularly covering media for parents, this sort of thing came up all the time. The reality is we need to start teaching media literacy. How do we know what’s healthy and what isn’t? Your point about squirrel chasing is well taken. The other half is knowing when to check the medical literature and knowing when confirmation bias is affecting what you read and want to believe.
So true Anne! Well said.
You’re right on, Anne. There are so many people and sites out there claiming to be experts. We need to be careful where we get our information and that those sources are valid. The simplest advice I can give is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Thanks for sharing, Anne.
This post made me reflect about what I’m giving to my body, and most times unconsciously… Thanks for sharing, you made me open my eyes and question many things!
Lily: Thank you for sharing! So often we just move through life eating and doing and not paying attention! I hope you have a great day!